Angels In America
Actors from the Nearly Naked Theatre company perform this sweeping American epic by Tony Kushner that takes a wry look at the AIDS epidemic and the political and social climate of America in the 1980s. Part 1, Millennium Approaches, follows two very different but equally troubled young New York couples whose fates become intertwined. Sparks fly as the play's large and sharply drawn cast (which ranges from the diabolical, AIDS-stricken lawyer Roy Cohn to an actual angel) clash over the personal, the political and the theological. In Part 2, Perestroika, the AIDS epidemic escalates, the ozone layer weakens and God has abandoned humanity. The setting has moved from the opportunistic '80s to a new sense of community in the '90s. Kushner creates a cosmic-scale portrait of legendary characters, including ancient rabbis, blind revolutionaries, imaginary travel agents and, of course, angels, set against a backdrop of old relationships ending while new, unexpected ones begin, amid questions of morality, guilt and forgiveness. See both parts of this epic masterpiece in repertory at Phoenix Theatre's Hormel Black Box Theatre.